The ADS and Safe Sport
The ADS strongly recommends that all ADS Board Members and Licensed Officials take SafeSport Training. Board Members and Licensed Officials should email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free coupon code.
SafeSport is a right of all athletes, and The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) supports this initiative. Our policy statement is below, along with our position on drug testing.
The ADS will reciprocate any sanction imposed by The U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center) for a violation of the SafeSport laws or by the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) for violation of its Drugs & Medications policies upon written notice of ADS member violation from the Center or USEF.
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The ADS supports the practice of SafeSport, as follows:
There are numerous reasons to engage in equestrian sport at any level, from the beginner to the Olympic athlete. Equestrians share a love for the sport and a personal bond with the horse. People often engage in equestrian sport, whether in the role of an athlete, official, staff member, or other participant because of their love of horses and simply to have fun. In addition, equestrian sport encourages a healthy lifestyle and builds self-confidence.
Unfortunately, sport can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct. All forms of misconduct are both intolerable and in direct conflict with the Center’s statements and ADS’ policies ensuring fairness, safety and enjoyment for an ever growing number of people.
There are six primary types of misconduct covered in this SafeSport statement for the purpose of athlete protection:
• Emotional Misconduct
• Physical Misconduct
• Sexual Misconduct
Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being. Athletes who have been mistreated may experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self-esteem, and negatively affected relationships with family and friends. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause him or her to drop out of sport entirely.
There is now a national SafeSport Helpline that you can call 24 hours a day at 866-200-0796.
The ADS and Drug Testing
As is stated in the ADS Rulebook, the ADS has adopted and will support the policy of the USEF on drug testing as follows:
At USEF licensed competitions all horses shall be subject to drug testing in accordance with USEF rules, which can be viewed through the following link: https://www.usef.org/compete/resources-forms/rules-regulations/drugs-medications. The use of drugs to mask pain, impact on equine behavior or enhance results is not compatible with equine welfare or true sportsmanship.